I have had periods in my life without cars (when I was in college) but for most of the last thirty years, having a car has just been a given in my life. I like the ability to go where I want when I want, and for a lot of the last thirty years I have lived in places with poor public transportation. Now I have moved into Daybreak Cohousing in North Portland where the ethos is geared to having a smaller eco-footprint. One of the reasons I chose Daybreak is that it is on the bus lines and close to the Max and near parking spaces for some Zip Cars. My present car is 10 years old with problems. So I am seriously thinking about going carfree in January. I guess my car is like an addiction, but that decision is causing me a lot of anxiety. What if I have to get to a meeting in SW or West Linn or something? I live in North Portland and my doctor is at Washington Square. I guess my question for this discussion board is to those of you who have gotten rid of a car after having been dependent on one for so long: how did you do it? what advice do you have for me?
Best of luck!